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FIGUERES, SPAIN» Sal­vador Dali’s ec­cen­tric artis­tic and per­sonal his­tory has taken yet an­other bizarre turn with the ex­huma­tion of his em­balmed re­mains to find ge­netic sam­ples that could set­tle whether one of the found­ing fig­ures of sur­re­al­ism fa­thered a girl decades ago.

Pi­lar Abel, a 61-year-old tarot card reader, claims her mother had an af­fair with Dali while work­ing as a do­mes­tic helper in the north­east­ern Span­ish town of Figueres, where the artist was born and later re­turned with his Rus­sian wife Gala.

Cat­alo­nia’s High Court said late Thurs­day that bi­o­log­i­cal sam­ples were found 27 years af­ter Dali’s body was em­balmed and in­terred in a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the painter’s mem­ory also in Figueres. The sam­ples need to travel to a le­gal medicine lab in Madrid for anal­y­sis, which could take weeks.

Abel’s lawyer said a ju­di­cial vic­tory would give her a chance to seek one-fourth of Dali’s es­tate in fur­ther law­suits. |

Manu Fer­nan­dez, The As­so­ci­ated Press

Work­ers bring a cas­ket to the Dali Theater Mu­seum on Thurs­day in Figueres, Spain.

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